The Importance of What We Care about: Philosophical Essays

The Importance of What We Care about: Philosophical Essays

This 1988 volume is a collection of thirteen seminal essays on ethics, free will, and the philosophy of mind. The essays deal with such central topics as freedom of the will, moral responsibility, the concept of a person, the structure of the will, the nature of action, the constitution of the self, and the theory of personal ideals. By focusing on the distinctive nature of human freedom, Professor Frankfurt is able to explore fundamental problems of what it is to be a person and of what one should care about in life.

Title:The Importance of What We Care about: Philosophical Essays
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780521336116
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  • Valerie

    "Each of us is indisputably a creature of history. Without the past, we should be nothing, and it is only by appreciating that he is through and through the product of historical contingencies— biol...

  • Mirek Kukla

    Of one thing there's no doubt: Fankfurt is a smart dude. His essays are crisp, clear, and relevant - at least, as relevant as one can reasonably expect a collection of philosophical essays to be.Don't...

  • David Gross

    13 essays by Harry G. Frankfurt, on the following themes:ⅰ: If you do something because you willed yourself to do it, you are responsible for having done it, even if you could not in fact have done ...

  • Nick

    Frankfurt was a professor of mine in college and he writes like he taught--clearly. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to understand his texts the first time round. The thoughts are dense and provocative...

  • Tucker

    The writing style is mostly impenetrable. The sentence structure is specific to academic philosophy departments, and the sentences are highly repetitive. The essays don't have proper introductions or ...

  • Amanda Williamson

    "The reason a person does not experience the force of volitional necessity as alien or as external to himself, then, is that it coincides with - and is, indeed, partly constituted by - desires which a...

  • Ietrio

    Frankfurt seems to be an amazing person. He can be incompetent in a seemingly unlimited number of fields. And his incompetence gives him the capacity to have a vague opinion on anything. Apparently hi...

  • Jodi Geever

    Excellent read!...

  • Gyoh80525

    This book is a collection of essays by Harry Frankfurt on such weighty topics as freedom of will, coercion, moral responsibility, what we identify with, among others. I suspect this book is the collec...

  • Dave Peticolas

    Frankfurt has a precise and combative style in these philosophical essays on ethics and the philosophy of mind....